Ten ways to make money from home if you need to make extra cash

BRITS who are in need of a cash boost can make extra money from the comfort of their home with these simple tips.

From getting paid to Google, to turning rubbish into cash, there are a whole host of ways to make money without leaving your sofa.

Selling money from your old clothes is a good way to make cash with minimal effort
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You don’t pay need to pay income tax on money you get from occasionally selling personal possessions online.

However, you may need to pay capital gains tax.

This usually applies to personal possessions worth £6,000 or more, excluding cars, that have increased in value.

See the Gov website for more information.

Did you know you can get paid to Google?
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Get paid to Google

Yes, you can really get paid to sit on the sofa and browse the internet.

One company which will give you money to Google is Qmee, which is essentially an add-on to your browser.

This add-on then works in the background as you Google and brings up extra results when you start searching.

If you click on one of these results, you’ll earn between 7p and 15p – and sometimes as much as £1.

The cash is then paid to you via Paypal.

Sell your old clothes

If you’re bored at home, it could be a good time to clear out your wardrobe.

You can then sell unwanted garments online, using sites like eBay, Shpock, Facebook Marketplace, Depop.

Depending on what you’ve got to sell, you could be looking at a few spare pounds or more.

Just keep in mind that some of these sites may charge listing fees or take a percentage of any sale, so check first.

For example, eBay charges a “final value” fee which is 10 per cent of the total selling price including postage and packaging.

eBay doesn’t charge private sellers to list unless they go over their 1,000 listings a month, then they’re charged 35p per item they post.

Turn rubbish into cash

From used wine cork bottles to even toilet roll tubes, you might be surprised to discover how your rubbish can turn into cash.

The people who buy these items are usually looking for craft materials, or even bits to decorate their home.

When we looked on eBay, we found 100 used wine corks had sold for £5, meanwhile a box of 85 toilet roll tubes sold for the same price.

Check out our full round-up of what other rubbish items people are buying.

If you don’t use it, you can make money from it
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Sell unwanted gadgets

Unused gadgets that have been gathering dust can also be sold from home, reports Moneywise.

Websites such as Cash In Your Gadgets offer a free courier service where they’ll pick up your goods, including old laptops, computers and tablets.

For example, we were offered £150 when we tried to sell an Asus Intel Core i7 laptop in “good condition”.

Your computer must be in fully working order to be sold.

You also won’t get paid until Cash In Your Gadget has received and tested your item.

Sell old CDs and games

If you’re looking to get rid of old music, Music Magpie also offers a courier service so you don’t need to leave your home.

To start selling, you need to enter the barcode of the product you want to sell.

We were offered 50p for an unopened Star Wars: The Last Jedi DVD, so you may need to sell in bundles if you want to make decent cash.

The courier service from Music Magpie is free.

Fill out online surveys

Filling out online surveys can be an easy way to make money if you’ve got spare time.

There are lots of sites you can use, but these are among the most popular: YouGov.co.ukProlific.ac and PineconeResearch.co.uk.

We’ve previously reported how you can make up to £6 per survey.

Earn Amazon vouchers

Alternatively, filling out online surveys could also earn you Amazon vouchers.

Swagbucks gives you up to £5 per hour, while another company called OnePoll gives you up to £1 per survey you complete.

LatestDeals.co.uk also gives away thousands of free Amazon vouchers every month to members.

Bargain hunters earn points whenever they share and post about a new deal on the LatestDeals website.

These points can then be turned into Amazon vouchers – completely free of charge.

For a £5 voucher, a member would need to save up 5,000 points and you can get a £250 voucher by redeeming 500,000 points.

Read more about how to earn free Amazon vouchers.

Cashback on shopping

Cashback websites pay you to shop by giving you money back on what you buy.

Simply buy your item through websites including Topcashback and Quidco and registered purchases will automatically add cashback to your account.

Once received you can withdraw the money and transfer it straight into your bank account.

We’ve previously seen how one savvy spender made £1,200 through cashback.

You can make money by renting out your driveway
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Rent out your driveway

If you’ve got a driveway you don’t use, you could be making money from it.
In face, we’ve seen how one money-saver made £500 by renting out her unused parking space.

Websites where you can do this include Kerb and JustPark, although both take a percent of booking fees.

Kerb takes 20 per cent of any booking fee, while JustPark takes a three per cent booking fee.

If you don’t own your home, check with your lardlord first before listing your driveway.

Enter competitions

Competitions are never guaranteed, but if luck is on your side, you could find yourself winning holidays or big cash prizes.

Websites including Magic Freebies will scout out free competitions for you so you don’t have to spend ages browsing the internet.

The Sun spoke to one competition addict who enters 100 a day and has won £20,000 in prizes over the past two-and-a-half years.

Try and stick to free competitions, as you don’t want to end up spending loads on entrance fees.

It could be a good time to save cash, with bills set to rise by up to £347 for some UK households.

We’ve rounded up how you can get help paying your rent, mortgage and bills if you’re struggling financially.

See our rent payments guide for more information.


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